True North

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True North is a mental health collaborative composed of faith communities at the Beaches in Jacksonville, Florida.  The Collaborative is a coordinated effort by faith based organizations and community agencies aligned with area resources dedicated to providing hope and improving the care of the mentally ill in our community.  Our work towards ending the stigma of mental illness has been fueled by the devastating need for compassionate support and resources for the people in our community who struggle with mental illness.


Our commitment is to join together the faith communities in bringing mental illness out of the shadows.  Faith communities are uniquely positioned to reach out, lift up and help individuals and families struggling with mental illness.  Our goal is to remove the barriers to treatment.  Barriers of stigma include prejudice and discrimination that we believe are caused by a lack of information.  We will provide training and education on mental illness.  We will encourage open communication around mental illness.  We will improve access to care and provide dedicated space and resources for this mission.